3D Printed Designs

Since 2008 I have been experimenting with 3D printing using Shapeways, it is exciting to find the limits to the different possible shapes I can create, and to explore the limitations and advantages of the available materials. I have created numerous designs, from jewelry, to mugs, planters, figurines, phone cases, lamps, mechanical trinkets, memes, skeletons, mathematical shapes, puzzle boxes, and conceptual sculptures.

 
 

 

Planters

Elegant, and unique designs for air plants and succulents.

In a burst of obsessive behavior, I created 4 different series for 22 unique planter designs for air plants, succulents, and cacti. The Bulbophyllum Series, Samsara Series, Geometric Series and Radiolaria Series are peculiar and graceful, and are a brand new direction on my design approach. Since porcelain was discontinued from Shapeways, I'm no longer selling the Geometric Series or the Samsara Series.

 
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The Bulbophyllum Series draws inspiration from the exuberant shapes of orchids, while embracing clean lines of mathematical precision. Bulbophyllum (meaning "bulbous leaves") is one of the largest genera in the orchid family, and I've appropriated the genus' name for this art series by creating new computer-generated species, each with an individual scientific name and style. These planters were designed with a custom-made tool that traces a moving path through space using mathematical curves, forming the shapes out of a single, long, interweaving thread.

 
 
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The Radiolaria Series is a radially symmetrical set inspired by microscopic, fossilized protozoans and complex cell organelles. The designs mix mathematical shapes with organic appendages, ready to be suspended by a string as they turn around in the breeze.

Radiolaria (Latin radiolus: "little sun-beam") is a taxonomic subclass within the class Actinopodea that carries distinctive mineral skeletons useful for dating stratigraphic layers, and I've appropriated the name for this art series by creating new computer-generated species, each with an individual scientific name and style.

 
 
 
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Discontinued - porcelain 3D printing no longer available.

The Samsara Series of glazed porcelain planters is composed of sculptures of organic shapes that act as fossilized vessels for new life. The various forms echo ideas of life, death, and the cycles of nature. Husks, bones, shells, pods, carcasses, they all carry the power of something no longer living but able to sustain new life in a cradle of fertile soil.

Samsara (Sanskrit), is the repeating cycle of birth, life and death (reincarnation) as well as one's actions and consequences in the past, present, and future in Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon, Jainism, Taoism and Sikhism.

 
 
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Discontinued - porcelain 3D printing no longer available.

The Geometric Series of porcelain planters is a stylistic synthesis of polygonal shapes that naturally occur in minerals as well as in plants, such as succulents and cacti. The porcelain structures offer a very solid yet subtly heterogeneous surface that contrasts with the pure geometry of the polygons, and the organic nature of the plants that inhabit them.